Bydgoszcz, Poland
Bydgoszcz, Poland
Bydgoszcz, Poland

Bydgoszcz, Poland

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: With a population of approximately 350,000, Bydgoszcz, Poland is located in northern Poland on the Vistula and Brda rivers. The weather is temperate with winter temps reaching low to mid 30s most days and summer temps reaching the high 70s most days. Due to its history, Bydgoszcz is not very diverse and the majority of residents are Catholic. Newcomers tip: learn basic Polish before you arrive!

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What do I need to know about living in Bydgoszcz?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bydgoszcz, they said:

"Well coincidently one just did, from Dubai, first you need to generate an income, this is a doddle as you can teach English conversation very easily, next you need to learn Polish and the culture as without you will have a very hard time. I took the easy route and have a Polish lady partner who did not speak any English but was a teacher to 'adults with learning difficulties' which is my category," said another expat in Bydgoszcz.

How do I meet people in Bydgoszcz?

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When we asked people living in Bydgoszcz about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Well thats a difficult one as the most difficult problem is the languge. So would recommend just getting stuck in. The Italian Polish society strangley enough made me many contacts, Plus now there is a Chamber of Commerce and Investemnt bureau who are able to help out with contacts. If you are single I would recommend one of the free dating sites just to meet people," said another person in Bydgoszcz.

Will I be able to find a job in Bydgoszcz?

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When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Bydgoszcz, they reponded:

"Bydgoszcz is an industrial City and also a centre of finance hosting over 38 banks, its an inland Bristol, so many opportunities. The old town is OK and now its got the international airport its a tarnsit route for Polish workers to the UK and Tourists to all the pretty towns around such as Torun or Chelmno look on www.cherishedpoland.com if you want an escorted visit," added another person living in Bydgoszcz.

What is life like in Bydgoszcz?

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When we asked people living in Bydgoszcz what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Poland is a very family orientated society so traditionally most social activities revolve around the home and family although this is changing and its now quite common to eat out although its a recent activity," said another expat in Bydgoszcz.

What do expats find most challenging?

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"The language is still after 10 years one of the most difficult aspects and the standard of driving although a lot better is a major problem," added another person living in Bydgoszcz.

Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Bydgoszcz accepting of differences?

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"This is a difficult one and without sounding racist I have to say that it is a racilaly pure country due to the works of Hitler and Stalin Poland is probably unique in Europe in having a near 100% Catholic religion and pure slavic culture. Foriegners are tolerated but after the intial curiousity has worn off beware as you are percived to be a 'rich foriegner' unless very careful, a low profile is best," said another expat in Bydgoszcz.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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